Conference was awesome. Some highlights:
Pres. Monson spoke. He announced 5 new temples! He also told us to read the Book of Mormon every day. To pray every day and to be obedient.
Joy Jones talked about raising a sin resistant generation.
Ethan's favorite talk was by Yoon Hwan Choi and he talked about not being the weak link in your family. Not to lose your faith because of people around you. He said don't look around, look UP. Up to Jesus Christ and what he wants us to do.
Elder Rasband hit it out of the park with his talk about being a first responder. Listen to the first prompting he said, it's pure inspiration from heaven. Act on the first prompting. Learn to recognize the spirit.
L Whitney Clayton shared about building simple habits of belief. He told the story of Naman being asked to wash in the river Jordan. Also he told about Mary's testimony of Christ. He said we need to fill our own pots and then trust in the miracle (an analogy to the water being changed to wine at the wedding).
I also loved Elder Uchtdorf who talked about the difference between motivating by fear and motivating in God's way: being merciful, gracious, long suffering, meek and with love unfeigned.
At half time we played Scrum, which was very fun. Also the Evan's friends the Smith's came over, they were very nice and fun to meet. We ate delicious turkey, bacon, avocado, apple, grilled cheese sandwiches.
Then we all watched the afternoon session, or napped, depending.
Some faves from the afternoon were
Joaquin Costa's talk. He told his conversion story and invited us to repent. See Alma 42.
Elder Stevenson talked about the Holy Ghost and Elder Cook gave a great talk about the foundations of faith and the 10,000 hr rule. We need to spend 10,000 hours working on our spiritual proficiency.
Some over arching themes were the importance of doing the simple, personal, religious acts of faith to grow our testimonies and our characters.
My take aways:
- find family names that need ordinances done
- study the Living Christ
- be diligent in simple habits of belief
- be more forgiving
- couples prayer